from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Plant: phytogenesis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • Pertaining to or derived from plants.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A combining form from Gr. fyto`n a plant.


New Latin, from Greek phuto-, from phuton, plant; see -phyte.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek φυτόν (phuton, "plant"). (Wiktionary)


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  • If Henry ducked his head beneath the wooden hull, he’d see weeds and gooseneck barnacles growing on its bottom, a nursery for the phyto- and Zooplankton at the base of the food chain.

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